Just In Case You’re Fairly Blind and Can’t Look at the ‘Jesus Wife’ Fragment and Know it Isn’t Ancient…
There’s more evidence that the thing is a piece of bogus rubbish- kindly provided by the scholar who lives up to the first syllable of his surname, Mark Goodacre-
Line 1 of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife fragment copies a typo from a website interlinear of Coptic Thomas
And now a little more detail. One of the difficulties with the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife fragment is that it appears to be dependent, on every line, on words and phrases from our one extant Coptic text of the Gospel of Thomas (See Francis Watson’s articles; see too Leo Depuydt’s forthcoming report; see also Andrew Bernhard). The difficulties that this poses for the authenticity of the fragment are serious (see my reflections).
Serious indeed. I sure hope that any of the folk still holding out false hope that the fragment is authentic (or meaningful) will read Mark’s entire post as well as Stevie Carlson’s remarks (always cogent, that Stevie C.)
- Francis Watson Says the ‘Jesus Wife’ Fragment is Fake (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)